Thursday, 4 November 2021

How to Test A Leader's Thinking


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When you are short of time, here is the one action that will give you 80 percent results in 20 percent of the time.


Play out a leader’s idea to reveal its implications.


–       Say, “Let’s test it out.”

–       Walk through the steps and identify the positive and negative implications.

–       Ask, “Is this still your preferred choice?”

Leaders can get excited by ideas before they think through the implications on timelines, resources, or other requirements for success. Their desire to solve one problem can unintentionally create new ones. 

The greater a leader’s enthusiasm for his or her solution, the more difficult it is to influence their thinking. Before they jump into action mode, test out their idea to assess its merit. A better one may exist. 

Leaders are more likely to accept the assessment of their ideas if they do it themselves. Your role is to walk them through the implementation steps and identify implications. You can then weigh the pros and cons of their ideas with others. Even if the leader’s option isn’t the best and they go with it, you both know the pitfalls.


DECISION-MAKING ASSESSMENT TOOL: How will I facilitate the assessment of options?


An informal in-person assessment is best because it feels like there is less at stake, which reduces the need to be right.

To learn more about our post and podcast topics, check out the Change on the Run: 44 Ways to Survive Workplace Uncertainty book and audiobook at or your favourite bookseller.

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